Stainless steel is one of the most popular types of material in which coffee pots are made from. Stainless steel is more than durable and extremely hard to damage from heat or accidental drops and that makes it more than ideal for use in the kitchen and perfect match for manual coffee grinders. The downside is that it isn’t always easy to remove coffee stains from stainless steel after a certain amount of buildup occurs.
How To Clean a Stainless Steel Coffee Pot
There are several approaches that one can take to successful stainless steel coffee pot cleaning, though some require a bit more effort than others. The easiest and most effective method is really quite simple, there are three basic steps:
STEP ONE – Select and add the desired cleaner to the inside of the stainless steel coffee pot and then add hot boiling water.
Popular cleaners include 1/2 Cup of baking soda, 1/2 Cup of vinegar and between 1/4 and 1/8 Cup of sea salt, 2-3 Tablespoons of liquid dish soap, and the most popular, and my personal suggestion, 1 dishwasher detergent pod of any brand.
STEP TWO – After leaving the cleaning solution to do its work for at least 25 to 30 minutes it is time to return and scrub away the grime from the inside of the stainless steel coffee pot.
If the outside of the pot has stains on it as well, which it probably does, they should be much easier to clean because more than likely they were created by dripping and won’t be based on like the coffee inside that gets scorched into the bottom of the pot. Simply take some soap and water, or dip your scrubber into the cleaner which has been soaking in the pot, and scrubs away the stains on the outside.
After the inside and outside have both been cleaned rinse your pot out with hot water. Examine the inside and outside to make sure they have come clean. If there are still spot on the inside, especially the bottom, repeat steps one and two but this time try a different cleaner.
STEP THREE – The final step to cleaning your stainless steel coffee pot, and perhaps the most important to your health, is to lightly re-clean the pot using only soap and water this time. Doing so will ensure that any trace amounts of harmful chemicals that could be hazardous to you are fully removed.
Now rinse the pot one final time, dry it with a cloth, or paper towels, and you’re ready to brew your next pot of coffee – in a clean pot!
How To Clean A Coffee Carafe
Cleaning a coffee carafe can be done following the same exact steps as described for how to clean a stainless steel coffee pot. However depending on the make, model, and material that it is you may find remaining stains when you are finished.
In this event, I personally advise you to repeat the steps one more time, but this time using a tannin cleaning powder dissolved in water. You can purchase tannin powder from Amazon.com or several other online retailers which you can find quickly and easily with a Google or Duckduckgo search.
Now that your stainless steel pot or coffee carafe is nice and clean, make sure that you practice preventative action to ensure easier cleaning in the future. This is a lot simpler than you might believe. Wipe up coffee that drips down the pot after pouring, rinse the pot out after each use and never leave coffee in the bottom of a heated pot for extended periods of time.
Key Things To Remember About How To Clean A Stainless Steel Coffeepot
- Add cleaner and hot water to your pot and then let it soak.
- Scrub the inside and outside of your pot with a cloth or non-scratch scrubby.
- Finding a cleaner that works for you is best done by trial and error.
- After cleaning your pot with chemicals always, always, always, wash it out with soap and water to get rid of harmful agents dangerous to your health before using your pot.
- Take care of your pot after each use to prevent stains and buildup from happening in the first place.
- Never leave your coffee pot turned on for long periods of time, or leave unused coffee in the pot overnight. If you don’t drink it, dump it!